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Our Color Belt System

Our Spanish program in Denver is composed of 9 conversational belt levels ranging from white (complete beginner) to black (ultimate Spanish master). The ranks are useful for monitoring progress and matching you with Spanish students of comparable ability.

Belt levels
As our focus is to help you improve your conversational skills, it makes a lot of sense that the most important criteria we take into consideration when suggesting starting levels, is what we perceive is your current ability to use the language verbally. We have a pretty good idea of what that ability is based on our interpretation to your responses to a few questions included on our application form. Then, as you get started attending your classes, a brief Spanish evaluation, completed within the first three sessions, ensures that you are assigned the correct belt level. After the first three Spanish classes you are ratified on your belt level or recommended a change to a different level. When you surpass the minimum standards assigned to the next belt level on all variables considered, congratulations! You are granted a new color belt.


The following table lists the standard requirements to assign each of our conversational color belt levels:

Key Benefit SpanishBlackBelt Beginner Levels

Key Benefit SpanishBlackBelt Intermediate Levels

Key Benefit SpanishBlackBelt Advanced Levels

 

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Requirements for
Beginner Spanish Belt Levels

 

Command of speaking dynamics:
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
Pronunciation:
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
Speed of conversation:
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:
Spanish class options currently available in Denver:

White Belt
(Beginner I Spanish)

Command of speaking dynamics:
None
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
None
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
None
Pronunciation:
Non-Spanish accent
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
None
Speed of conversation:
N/A
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:
None
Spanish class options currently available in Denver:

Yellow Belt
(Beginner II Spanish)

Command of speaking dynamics:
Speaks with script in front. Needs prior preparation.
Verb tenses usage while speaking:
Knows and uses well phrases such as Yo como (I eat), Yo estoy comiendo (I am eating), and Yo voy a comer (I am going to eat).
Vocabulary usage while speaking:
Limited to most common verbs, nouns and adjectives.
Pronunciation:
Good pronunciation of vowels.
Understanding of other's speeches while listening:
Limited understanding of slow-paced speech.
Speed of conversation:
Very slow.
Command and usage of Spanish grammar rules while speaking:
Spanish sentences use subject, verb and object, and time expression
Spanish class options currently available in Denver:
  • Semi-private classes:
    Find a Yellow (Beginner II) Spanish small group - Learn more